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Episode 24: The Oscar race has begun!

October, November, and December are typically great months for movies. The studios are all releasing their best offerings with the hope that they’ll be nominated this upcoming awards season. There’s still plenty of big blockbusters that will be released without chances of being on the Best Picture block, which makes this my favorite time of the year. I can count of multiple movies being released each week that I genuinely want to see and that I honestly anticipate being good. Argo has certainly gotten things started off with a bang! I can’t say with 100% certainty, but I’m pretty sure we can count on it showing up as a nominee for any number of awards next year.

Happily we should have a lot to talk about in the coming months and we hope you’ll stick with us as we break down the films coming out this winter!

News & Gossip:

In theaters now:

  • Looper (trailer) Anna and I had incredibly mixed opinions on Looper. While Anna enjoyed this time travel mystery I found myself annoyed by plot holes and off makeup to the point where I couldn’t enjoy the film. I know this will undoubtedly be an unpopular opinion but it is what it is. Looper is original and fast paced and if you are a fan of scifi or time travel movies it’s probably for you. Anna rated it a 4 while I rated it a 1 (for one of my reasons for not liking this movie scroll to the bottom of the post).
  • Argo (trailer) Ben Affleck has certainly earned the distinction of a great director with this fact based drama set during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. This film pays amazing attention to detail in creating not only the events of the film but in creating the look and mood of the late 70s to early 80s. Affleck as Tony Mendez was also a treat to watch, making this (in my opinion) one of the best performances of his career. Make sure you don’t rush out of the theater at the end of the film as there are some interesting photos and biographical tidbits during the credits. Anna rated this a 4 while I rated it a full on 5.
  • Seven Psychopaths (trailer) The writer/director of In Bruges has brought another quirky and original film starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson to name a few. The plot features a screenwriter suffering from writer’s block and the plethora of psychopaths he comes in contact with as he’s writing a film called Seven Psychopaths. This was fun to watch though it is quite violent. If you are a fan of Christopher Walken (and seriously who isn’t?) you need to check this out. Anna rated it a 4 while I rated it a 3.

What’s on the horizon:

  • Zero Dark Thirty: December 19, 2012 (trailer)
  • Stand Up Guys: January 11, 2013 (trailer)
  • Gangster Squad: January 11, 2013 (trailer)

This weekend’s agenda:


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They shouldn’t have messed up Joseph Gorden-Levitt’s face!


Episode 10: We want tickets for the Anti-Oscars!

Few awards shows are as entertaining as the MTV Movie Awards. They are a spectacle of bright lights, big explosions, and pop culture. The awards categories are absurd, yet completely relevant for the audience and I will be the first to admit that I love learning the nominees for Best Kiss and Best Fight. This year we’ll also get to find out who wins Best On-Screen Dirtbag, Best On-Screen Transformation, and Best Gut-Wrenching Performance. They aren’t the typical categories, but darn it I love them! Who doesn’t compare fight scenes in the various action films during the year or which kiss was the best?

I’ll admit that regardless of the competition this year I’ll be rooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for each category in which it’s been nominated. Who will you vote for?

News & Gossip:

  • Don’t leave too quickly if you’re heading out to see The Avengers this weekend, there’s an extra, extra scene after the credits article
  • Mark Ruffalo has signed on to do six more Hulk movies article
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is Kahn article
  • Catching Fire has its director article
  • Brad Bird is attached to direct a Damon Lindelof screenplay article
  • Robert Pattinson is set to help bring down Saddam Hussein article
  • The Hunger Games has more nominations than Breaking Dawn Part 1 at the MTV Movie Awards article

In Theaters Now:

  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (trailer): This stop motion animation film by the makers of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run have created yet another cute yet funny children’s film that adults can also enjoy. Hugh Grant voices the main character, Pirate Captain, who is on a quest to become the Pirate of the Year, and does a fantastic job. There are quite a few well known actors from both film and T.V. lending their voices to the film, but some are harder to guess than others. I went to this in 3D, but I would recommend going in 2D. The 3D effects didn’t really add much to the film. I’m pretty sure it would have looked basically the same in 2D and I would have saved the $3.50 surcharge. There were quite a few kids in the audience who seemed to really enjoy the film and as an adult I can say that I honestly enjoyed it too. I rate it a 3 out of 5.
  • The Five-Year Engagement (trailer): Anna and I had a bit of a disagreement on this one. Anna thoroughly enjoyed it while I may have enjoyed it more had it been a half an hour shorter. The run time on this relationship dramedy is rather long at just over two hours and although the chemistry between Jason Segal and Emily Blunt is great, the run time allowed for quite a bit of lag during the middle of the film. It centers on a couple who, shortly after getting engaged, move from California to Michigan for what was intended to be a 2 year commitment.  Time goes on and as two years turn into three, four, and five the discontentment Jason Segal’s character finds in living in Michigan eats away at their relationship. The film had an incredibly cute ending that does wrap things up nicely and really does make up for some of the lag in the middle. I rate this film 2 out of 5 while Anna gives it a 3.5.

What’s on the horizon:

This weekend’s Agenda:


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